It’s summertime and the fresh air is calling. One of the most popular ways to experience Jackson Hole is by bike! Inside and outside of the National Parks, there are great rides waiting for you.
If you’re looking for miles and miles of smooth paved surface, then you’ll want to find the “Pathways”. This network of over 67 miles provides you with a great trail system and lots of beautiful scenery. Start out in downtown Jackson and head north to the National Museum of Wildlife Art and then continue to the southern edge of Grand Teton National Park. If you head west out of Jackson, you can bike to Teton Village and beyond. The Grand Loop takes you out of Jackson and brings you back home. For complete information and maps of the Pathways, visit Friends of Pathways.
Moose Junction & Jenny Lake
Just inside the Grand Teton National Park on Highway 89 is a place called Moose Junction. Park at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center and unload your bikes for a scenic Pathway ride to Jenny Lake. Just over 7 miles to the lake, this is a great biking experience out in nature and you might even see moose along the way.
Old Pass Road
If you’re ready to climb in elevation, Old Pass Road will take you over 2,000 vertical feet from beginning to end. The start of this paved pathway is just 7 miles west of Jackson in Wilson WY. This ride will take you to the top of Teton Pass and is well worth the effort when you see the stunning views.
Yellowstone National Park
Biking is a great way to see Yellowstone, but there are some things to know before heading out. Yellowstone permits bicycling on established public roads, parking areas, and designated routes. Bikes are prohibited on backcountry trails and boardwalks. Yellowstone National Park Lodges rents bicycles at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. This allows access to a range of bike routes from 3 to 21 miles. You can also check out the businesses that have bike rentals available.
So don’t leave your bike at home when you come to Jackson for vacation. Get out there and go!